Join Ruhama for a family-friendly charity walk on Dun Laoghaire Pier to raise much needed funds in support of victims of trafficking and other forms of exploitation.  The walk is the loop from the west pier to the east pier… a fun seaside stroll that is buggy friendly and great for kids.

When? Sunday 25, June 2017 @ 12 Noon
Where? Meet at Coal Harbour, Dun Laoghaire Pier
Any questions? Email

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Ruhama is a voluntary organisation, based in Dublin and works on a national level, with women affected by prostitution and other forms of commercial sexual exploitation.
Ruhama is Hebrew for ‘renewed life’.  Click here for more information on Ruhama 

Sr Liz attends the Launch of Misean Cara Strategic Plan 2017-2021 congratulations to all involved.



How are we going to survive into the future ? Will there be work for everyone ? BASIC INCOME IRELAND will introduce their idea for organising differently, a way forward so that everyone can live with dignity.
We also welcome Joshua Doyle to talk about the social enterprise ‘HOUSE OF AKINA’, who make handmade goods working with and supporting marginalised migrant women in Ireland. Using creativity to integrate new communities.

When: Tuesday 27th June
Time: 7.00 to 9.00  p.m.
Where: The Third Space, Smithfield Square, Dublin 8

Meet with us to celebrate diversity and promote integration on a friendly and  informal basis

FREE EVENT with tea, coffee and snacks


Come join in the celebration of the Summer Solstice on Saturday 24th June in An Tairseach, Dominican Farm and Ecology Centre, Wicklow.

For more information click – Dominican Farm and Ecology Centre Solstice Opening 2017

Recently, Dominican schools in Ballyfermot, Capetown, and Portstewart celebrated anniversaries, 60, 80 and 100 years, respectively. What do they have in common? They are some of the branches of the Galway Dominican family tree planted in Dublin 300 years ago. At that time, Penal laws did not permit education for Catholics. In spite of possible penalties, the Channel Row convent, in October 1719, was one of the first to open its doors to Catholic girls. Numbers increased each month for a time until it reached an average of about 20 pupils. Some remained in the school for short periods only; others stayed a year or two. The fee was £12 per annum payable in instalments.

A 1731 report noted “a nunnery in Channel Row commonly goes under the name of a boarding school.” The education was that deemed suitable for young ladies of their social status who would take their places afterwards as cultured and accomplished women. Some opted to become members of the community. The 1725 list of names shows that many of them were of the same social background as the nuns e.g. Burke, Nugent, Browne, Plunkett.

Religious Education, English, French, Music, Drawing, were taught. Later accounts also mention arithmetic, geography, history and needlework. Dancing was an optional extra, taught by a dancing master!

When the school was thriving in the mid 1740s and 1750s, for other reasons, it merited a mention in Dublin newspapers: in 1743 “a young lady died suddenly as she was at dinner”; in 1754 “some villains broke into the Nunnery and carried off several valuable goods belonging to the young ladies who board there.” [to be continued in part 6]


From Sr. Maris Stella McKeown, Archivist, Mission Area of Ireland

For more details, see this website link WHO WE ARE, with Drop down menu –HISTORY and BOOKS.
The drop down menu in WHAT WE DO provides insights into how and where the seed, planted in Dublin in 1717, has grown and sprouted other branches in the following three centuries.

Sr Sharon Zayak

On 3rd June 2017, Sharon Zayak will give a day seminar in An Tairseach Dominican Farm and Ecology Centre, Wicklow.

We are in the midst of a cosmic shift in understanding who we are as persons, as people of faith, as a human species.What is this newly emerging consciousness? What does it teach us about who we are, how we are related to the whole, and how we talk about God? Using the Cosmic Story as a context, Sharon will help us to explore and reflect upon its deeper meaning and in doing so, help us to find inspiration and hope.

Cost: €50, Booking fee €20 – includes teas / coffee and a freshly prepared lunch using organic produce from our own certified organic farm.
Time: 10am to 4pm
Enquires: Phone 0404 61833

Click here for more information on An Tairseach Dominican Farm and Ecology Centre, Wicklow

Corpus Christi Catholic Church

On 11th May, in Corpus Christi Catholic Church, we celebrated the 80th Anniversary of the Dominican School for Deaf Children, Wittebome / Wynberg, Western Cape, South Africa. Present were Archbishop Brislin, the assistant parish Priest Fr Christo, Deacon Cooper, present and past Teachers, Staff and Students of the School.

Sr. Columbia Fernandez OP

Mrs Bellew’s “family”, in Channel Row, consisted of three groups of women- the nuns, girl boarders and parlour boarders. The latter were widows or single women who needed accommodation and who could afford to pay rent or, as they called it, a ‘pension. Some of the lady boarders or ‘parlour boarders’ had personal maids and so had a ‘suite’ of rooms, probably two or even three. [A further instalment of this series will elaborate.] Since penal laws still existed when the nuns came to Dublin, “they did not draw attention to themselves by wearing a religious habit. They conducted their boarding school, looked after the parlour boarders and lived their religious life in common. Their daily routine included the recitation of the Divine Office, meditation, and other prayers.” “the boarders who came to be educated were nieces of the nuns themselves or from other Anglo Norman families.” The Channel Row nuns earned the main part of their living through the boarding school fees and the parlour boarders’ pensions. They were also the recipients of donations in kind: church plate and gifts of money, usually small amounts. Before the banking system as we know it today, a system of “bonds” for the nuns’ dowries, (usually not used during their lifetime) provided income from the associated interest. At times, however, they had to borrow money from friends and family, especially when expected income was overdue. [Details from Kealy’s book] The young ladies’ education will be described in part 5

From Sr. Maris Stella McKeown, Archivist, Mission Area of Ireland

For more details, see this website link WHO WE ARE, with Drop down menu –HISTORY and BOOKS.
The drop down menu in WHAT WE DO provides insights into how and where the seed, planted in Dublin in 1717, has grown and sprouted other branches in the following three centuries.



On 4th May, President Michael D Higgins visited  St. Dominic’s College, Ballyfermot as part of their 60th Anniversary celebrations.

Sr. Elisabeth Healy OP, Congregation Prioress, Congregation of Dominican Sisters of Our Lady of the Rosary and St. Catherine of Siena, Cabra, gave the following address.

A Uachtarain, Distinguished Guests, Staff and Students.

Congratulations to each one associated with St. Dominic’s Ballyfermot on your 60 year anniversary. This is a joyful day , a day for looking back, to the courage and dynamism of the sisters who founded the school and even further back to St Dominic, in whose honour the school is named. It is a day for rejoicing in the past, telling all the stories but also a day for looking forward to a future when all of you girls will go out into a world which really needs your gifts and your influence. Never doubt that you can have an influence. St Catherine of Siena said,
Be who God want you to be and you will set the world on fire. It does not have to be the whole world, but your corner of it. You can bring all the things you have learnt in St Dominic’s College, things that make you Dominican:
• a belief in yourself as having value as a child of God, a child of the universe
• a belief that you should be the best you can be
• a belief that you have a gift to give which is uniquely yours and no one else’s, your hard work, your kindness, your sense of justice,
• a belief in the importance of your motto, truth/veritas
• a belief that you can be a star , (though you may never be on dancing with the stars like your past-pupil Karen Byrne.)

A little prayer which has always helped me is this:
I am only one but I am one
I can’t do everything but I can do something
What I can do I ought to do,
What I ought to do I will do
By the grace of God
So take pride in who you are and in who you will be( because we never stop growing and developing even when you are as old as I am!)

It is good to know that the history of Dominican Life stretches much further back than the 60 years your school is in existence. Dominicans have been celebrating 800 years since St Dominic founded his Order and Sr Liz who most of you know, was at the closing Congress of this special anniversary year which was held in Rome and celebrated and explored what it means to be a Dominican. So you can be proud that you are Dominican pupils.

In wanting to give the school a gift for this great occasion, the Congregation Council decided upon a Peace Pole. This will be erected on the school grounds to remind you all of the great need there is for peace and understanding in our world. The words Let peace prevail on earth is inscribed in English, Irish, Hebrew and Arabic and we hope the peace pole will be a reminder to each one to do everything in your power to spread peace in families, communities,(including the school community) your country, the world. The future will be your time…it is up to you!

Click below for the latest updates of the Centenary Celebrations of Dominican College Portstewart.


Dominicans past and present celebrate at Centenary Gala Ball

DCP Staff invited to Civic Reception

DCP Centenary Golf Tournament